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Royal Court

is pleased to have perfromed

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Stephen Schwartz's

Musical

Godspell

 

  in both 2003 and 2005

 

  

Contact us:

  

Email: catrionajean@gmail.com

 

Phone

(810) 240-8201

 

Write

Royal Court Productions

11362 North Lake Dr

Fenton, MI  48430

   

Royal Court Productions

is a ministry arm of

Faith City Ministries

    

 

This Godspell webpage was developed for Royal Court by DeWayne Coons.

Original photos are courtesy of Patty Coons

  

This production of Godspell was produced by special arrangement with:

THEATRE MAXIMUS

1650 Boradway

New York, NY. 10019

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for MIDI files and lyrics

Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Conceived and Originally Directed by John Michael Tebelak

One of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time, the musical Godspell is based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew.

 

Featuring a colorful and lively score by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell showcases an impressive array of hit songs, including the still popular "Day By Day."   The parables and sayings of Jesus come alive in a pointed and often humorous way, mixed with songs like "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Save The People,"  "Bless The Lord," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Beautiful City" and "By My Side". 

  

Godspell originally opened Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre on May 17, 1971. It then moved to the Promenade on Broadway and 76th Street where it ran for 2,124 performances. The show's "official" Broadway opening took place at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 22, 1976. This production lasted for 527.  The original cast included Lamar Alford, Herb Braha, Peggy Gordon, David Haskell, Joanne Jonas, Robin Lamont, Sonia Manzano, Gilmer McCormick, Jeffrey Mylett and Stephen Nathan.  In the script, none of the characters are named except Jesus (Steve Nathan) and John/Judas (David Haskell).  The original actor's names are used for all the other characters.

  

In 1973 a  film version of Godspell was released with Victor Garber in the role of Jesus.  It also included David Haskell as John, Merrell Jackson, Katie Hanley, Joanne Jonas, Robin Lamont, Lynne Thigpen, Gilmer McCormick, Jeffrey Mylett and Jerry Sroka.

Since the 70's, Godspell has been in continuous performance by both professional and amateur groups, in the United States and abroad.  German, France and Spanish versions of the musical still play to packed houses in Europe and elsewhere around the world.

Dozens of albums, in English and other languages, have been produced.  Including a sing-a-long "karaoke"  version in 1993.   Styles have varied from Techno to reggae, as each cast reinterpreted the musical for their time and audience.  Godspell made news in the early 80's when Stephen Schwartz refused to allow any performances in South Africa until they agreed to an integrated cast (including a black Jesus) in spite of Apartheid.

  

1999, Gotee Records, a Christian recording company, repacked the 1971 Godpsell album for release as a 2 CD set aimed at the Christian audience.  It included interviews with Schwartz and others from the original production as well as interviews with various popular Christian artists talking about the influence Godspell and its music has had on their lives, and new version of the song By MY Side.

Godspell  had an Off-Broadway revival in 2000 and is currently touring with a new production produced by Scott Schwartz, the son of Stephen Schwartz.  It combines the original music (some with new, more modern arrangements) with an updated script and lots of high tech special effects.

Fall 2003, Royal Court Production presents its version of Godspell.  With permission from Theatre Maximus, we have updated and enhanced the traditional script, combining the hit music and stories of the 70's with humor drawn from today's culture.  We have also given it a deeper spirituality.

Bring the whole family and enjoy this uplifting, spiritual and refreshing time together.       

  

Links:

  

Royal Court Pages

  

Return to Home Page

  

LOTS of Pictures, Lyrics, and MIDI files

  

Meet the Cast of Godspell

  

Theatre Companies and Ministry Groups

  

Other Godspell Websites

The Godspell Page

Tommy's Godspell Page

MuscialSchwartz.com

Theatre Maximus (License Godspell performances from here)

Godspell Touring Company